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Living with Fred (The Fred Books Book 2) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel to the Christy Award–winning Welcome to Fred, Whittington improves on his earlier novel with a more cohesive, confidently written story set in the early 1970s, in which 16-year-old preacher's kid Mark Cloud finds a book in his church library that asks the now clichéd but then fresh question, "What would Jesus do?" From that point on, via Mark's first-person narration, Whittington entertainingly and poignantly takes readers on a tour of Mark's last two years of high school. During that time, Mark and several other residents of the titular East Texas town attempt, in their own difficult situations, to do what they believe Jesus would do. Parker Walker, for example, whose alcoholism and abusiveness led to unspeakable tragedy in the first Fred novel, endeavors to emulate Jesus in a desperate search for redemption. Vernon Crowley, an alcoholic and a bootlegger, does as he believes Jesus would do when he stands trial for a murder he did not commit. And Mark, the enormously appealing, literate, self-deprecating young hero, also makes his own repeated attempts to be Christlike, often in situations that are simultaneously humorous and deadly. Whittington does an impressive job of focusing the novel thematically while letting its plot meander delightfully, and in doing so paints a satisfying, authentic portrait of late adolescence. (Jan.)
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Living with Fred continues the coming-of-age/coming-to-faith story that enveloped readers of Whittington's Christy Award winning first novel, Welcome to Fred. Mark's discovery of a book buried on a library shelf spurs him to question what Jesus would do . . . if he was a teenage boy in a hick town? If he was humiliated at school? If we was confronted by a lonely bootlegger? If someone got away with murder.

Product Details

  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Wunderfool Press (March 15, 2005)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2005
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A1FY64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brad Whittington, author of wacky novels and winner of awards, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on James Taylor's eighth birthday and Jack Kerouac's thirty-fourth birthday and is old enough to know better. He lives in Austin, Texas with The Woman. He is greatly loved and admired by all right-thinking citizens and enjoys a complete absence of cats and dogs at home. To get sneak peeks and freebies, sign up for the newsletter on his website at BradWhittington dot com.

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Living With Fred picks up where the award-winning Welcome To Fred left off...only the prose is more delicious, the plot is much thicker, the word pictures more vivid. And the funny parts are, well, funnier. (And I loved Welcome...)

Brad Whittington's work is stellar. This is a literary tour de force that tackles ethical and moral questions without preaching. Fred is populated with gritty, quirky, lovable, and not-so-lovable characters with real problems. And the solutions are never easy. Midway through, the plot starts to sizzle and never lets up.

A fantastic writer and a truly great book.
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Whittington broke onto the scene with his award-winning debut, "Welcome to Fred." Quirky, honest, and wise, that book served notice that this guy had stories worth telling to a grand audience.

Hopefully, with the release of "Living of Fred," that audience will grow. The book's central character, Mark Cloud, is a northern kid, stuck in eastern Texas, carrying the burden of being a pastor's son. He's disdained by Deacon Fry, he's shunned by the local hooligans, and he's buddies with a suspected murderer. That's not enough? He's also smart, funny, spiritual, and someone we can all relate to in some way. He wants to fit in. He wants to know God's will. He doesn't always get the girl--but then again...

"Living with Fred" teased smiles and tears from my face, but, mostly, it got me laughing. It's a book to savor, a book to speed through. Underline your favorite parts, memorize your favorite lines, but don't pass it by. Brad Whittington has more stories to tell, and Mark Cloud will be back in book three.

That's good news ya'll.
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Like Welcome to Fred, reading Living with Fred has raised the bar for all other literature that I plan to read next.

Thus far, "Living..." has proven to be a hard act to follow for my summer reading list. Reading the last paragraph was much like bidding a close friend farewell, only made slightly less bittersweet with promises of one last visit with Mark Cloud in the approaching third ( and sadly, last) installment.

Loyal Fred-onians will find LIVING WITH FRED a perfect cure for that homesick gnaw they experienced at the last sentence in "Welcome to Fred", while those who have never had the great fortune to kick back on one of Fred's dusty porches will find it the perfect summer get-a-way ( in which case I reccoment BOTH books)

Furthermore- if you are in any way, shape or form a PK- this is required therapy for your soul :)

"There's no place like home....or Fred!"
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I obtained Welcome to Fred as a free Kindle book and quickly fell in love with Mark Cloud and his family. Buying the next installment in the series was immediate when I finished the first book.

In Living with Fred, PK (preacher's kid) Mark Cloud has abandoned his belief that he is meant for a different lifestyle and tries to fit in as part of Fred. He once again encounters characters who teach him lessons in grace, this time they are his neighbors, his Sunday School teacher, and a bootlegger he meets by chance.

Having embraced his faith, Mark finds that his attempts to reach out are not always welcome within his own church where there are those who are more comfortable with a different kind of Christianity. His attempts to explore the idea What Would Jesus Do, land him in trouble and also lead to enlightenment.

Mark's biggest turmoil, however, is that of being a teenager and dealing with the temptations and dreams of those years. A murder trial, an encounter with the star of campfire ghost stories, and his dreams of romance round out this second story but only leave you ready for more.
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Living with Fred by Brad Whittington is the terrific sequel to Welcome to Fred. We've met Mark Cloud, son of a Baptist preacher in small town Texas as he tries to fit in with not just the world around him, but also God's world. Whittington does a wonderful job of getting into the head of the average teenager. Events like getting asked out by Jolene or a conversation with his father are major dramas described with intricate detail. Major events in the world at large like a murder trial or the destruction of a neighbor's life are treated with less importance and only as they relate to Mark. Sounds like the average teenager to me! But Mark starts to mature after he reads In His Steps and starts to ask himself What Would Jesus Do? That question leads him to some hard decisions and ultimately to learn more about himself and forgiveness. Whittington's wit again shines through in Mark's outlook on girls. This book is truly enjoyable to read. Some Christian fiction is hard to read, but this is a book I couldn't wait to sit down with and smiled often while I read it. Escape to Fred, here I come!
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By Happy on February 5, 2013
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I find this series of books a little confusing at times but I like the story, I have read 3 now. I am glad I have read them.
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Really think this is more of a teen-young adult series of books, Although I'm near 80 I did enjoy the light read.
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Let's see: It calls to mind classic coming-of-age novels like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Red Sky at Morning", features distinctive, fully-realized teen and adult characters, tackles tough questions without preaching, uses the life and work of Jesus as a through-line without getting sappy, AND it's a Christian novel? As its protagonist, Mark Cloud, would say, "Yep."

I sm new to this series, and wanted the book to keep going -- that's how absorbed I was. Give this one a try, and you, too, will want to keep "Living With Fred".
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